Meet Our People in APAC
The transition from life as a student to the corporate world can be daunting. Plus, your (work) priorities and perceptions of the world as you know it may change. Navigating the leap to a large corporation can pose an even bigger challenge. Typically, you are accustomed to being in a class of maybe 50 or 300 peers and as a student, you are often able to work independently, without having to worry about ramifications or the impact your work has on others.
At Credit Suisse, we realize the difference between IT student and IT professional and we can help you get there! The Technology Analyst (TA) program can help you to bridge that gap. The program provides mentorship, ensuring you are trained to deliver quality products and giving you ownership of your work so that you can build, as well as hone, your own skill sets and apply these valued contributors to the team.
Here are some testimonies from Technical Analysts in Hong Kong and Singapore, highlighting their journeys from a student to a full-time technologist. They also share the opportunities that have been made available to them and likewise how this program could be a springboard for your career.
Iris (Problem Management - Singapore)
During my 10 week internship, I worked on and was responsible for a challenging project which had a significant and measurable impact to the organization. With the support of the team as well as learning materials available, I was able to learn and develop myself both professionally and personally. The work I have done in my internship is still beneficial to the firm and the team. I am also recognized as the owner and the pioneer of the application I developed - what a great sense of achievement!
Fast forward to today, after a year in Credit Suisse and the TA program, I definitely feel part of the family. Apart from the TA community, there are different councils and social networks where you can fulfill and pursue your other passions besides work. I am also part of the IT Women's Council as well as the Active Network, organizing events and activities for the members.
Reno (Derivatives IT - Hong Kong)
Graduating from university and entering the corporate world is indeed exciting. You will be exposed to a very different environment compared to what you have experienced previously. The TA transition s at Credit Suisse is very organized and you are equipped with in-depth industrial knowledge and competitive technical skills.
I was given real responsibilities early on to all the elements in the software development lifecycle: from meeting users and gathering requirements, to designing and implementing features. In the college, we may focus more on developing functionalities instead of writing scalable code, but in a bank, every bit of spaghetti code could potentially lead to financial loss. Apart from implementing the features, we also write automatic tests covering the codes. This saves us from having a separate team doing tedious and error-prone manual testing. Although I have only joined the team for a year, I already learnt a lot of the best practices in the industry.
Anakin (Risk IT - Hong Kong)
Compared to student life, where you work with your peers who share a similar set of classroom knowledge, I had exposure to a vast amount of new, practical knowledge the moment I began my career as a TA and worked closely with my seniors through pair programming. Here at Credit Suisse, we embrace the latest technology and apply this knowledge and we are encouraged to explore whatever benefits this can bring to our clients and the firm.
Apart from acquiring new experiences, there were things that I had to brush up on, even as basic as coding. Back in the days when I was a student (with the exception of software quality), it was fine as long as the code worked and satisfied the assignment requirement, even if the naming convention was poor or logic was mixed up. This was no longer the case or acceptable, in the corporate environment, where enterprise grade code is produced. Readability and modularity matters - so that my team, or even anyone picking up the project, can read and change the code easily to cope with new and rapid requirement changes. Therefore, refactoring is a basic and essential part of my role now.
Mingjia (Trade Capture IT - Singapore)
As an information systems student, I had always aspired to be a business analyst or a technical consultant because I saw myself less as a developer, however my experience at Credit Suisse completely changed my view.
At the beginning of the internship program, my manager sat down with me to outline the goals during the summer and how I could achieve them. He then tailored a learning plan for me to make sure that I would have sufficient exposure to both business analyst and developer roles so that I could figure out what I was truly good at and make an informed decision. It was during that 10-week internship that I realized my potential in application development and to my surprise, found that I was better suited as an application developer rather than a consultant. This would probably have never happened if it wasn't for the Credit Suisse approach and commitment towards developing its people.